Special screening of ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ Thursday at Casper College

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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A free showing of the PBS documentary “Hiding in Plain Sight,” Ken Burns’ documentary on youth mental illness, will occur on Thursday, April 4, beginning at 6 p.m. at Casper College. The evening will feature a discussion by Kee Dunning, a film participant and a Casper College exemplary alumna.

“Kee is thrilled to bring this special screening of the Ken Burns PBS documentary to Casper College and the state of Wyoming,” said Erin Ford.

Dunning has spent 45 years in mental health practice with children and families, listening, learning, and responding to the needs that arise. Dunning is the founder of KEESTONE Communication and a licensed clinical professional counselor, speaker, educator, contributor to Forbes, and owner of Dunning Counseling and Consulting in Billings, Montana. “With a deep commitment to mental health, I specialize in assisting children and families, offering them guidance and support as they confront various mental health challenges,” said Dunning.

According to PBS, the film “(follows) the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled — and, at times — overwhelmed them.” “‘The segment that we will be showing is a one-hour segment that was shown in the White House. It has pieces from both of the episodes and is very cool,” Dunning noted.

When asked about including the film presentation in this year’s Wellness Conference, Ford, director of counseling, said the film will provide a new way to look at youth mental illness. “Knowledge is power. Youth mental health challenges are at an all-time high, and the more we know about what is happening in the lives of youth and the way they are experiencing the world around them, the more we can do to help support them. This film, and the opportunity to hear from participants in the Q&A session, is a unique look inside this issue and a safe place to ask questions about what we can do to help youth we care about.”

The film showing is free and open to the public. Joining Dunning for the Q&A session will be Joe and Maclayn Clark, father and son, who participated in the film.

The film will be shown in the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center, Robert and Ruth Dove Conference Center, Room 225.

For more information, contact Ford at 307-268-2255 or erin.ford@caspercollege.edu. The Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center is located on the Casper College Campus.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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